There were many more good sessions at the Wisdom 2.0 conference this weekend. The intention of the organizers is to post videos. I’ll let you know when. Here are some of my notes from a second panel.
How do we use modern, social media technologies — such as this blog — to both further our own practice as well as share those experiences with others?
One panel discussion at Wisdom 2.0 on that topic included Tami Simon of Sounds True, Kaitlin Quistgaard of Yoga Journal, plus two technology insiders Gopi Kallayil of Google and the recent yoga convert Leah Pearlman at Facebook.
If a zen master were sitting next to the chief technical officer of Twitter, what would they talk about? That sounds like a hypothetical overheared at a bar in San Francisco. But this weekend I saw the very thing at Soren Gordhamer’s Wisdom 2.0 conference — named after his book of the same name — when zen teacher and author Roshi Joan Halifax and Twitter’s Greg Pass sat side by side on a panel discussion on mindfulness in modern life. Seated next to them was Bradley Horowitz, VP at Google managing online apps like gmail, and Twitter advisor and venture capitalist Chris Sacca.
This weekend a number of panel discussions and talks are planned, continually asking the question of how we can have presence and deep connection in our life and yet live in a hyper-connected modern world. Speakers include Silicon Valley technologists, neuroscientists, authors, journalists, and serious meditators. I’m really excited; it is a mashup of two worlds I love dearly: contemplative paths and technology. More after the break, and in followup posts this weekend.
I’ve had impermanence on my mind recently. I’ve talked about it here before but it’s worth bringing up again. After all, it’s one of the most important things the Buddha taught. Here’s the thing: my life is totally excellent. Where I find myself getting into trouble is when I cling to its excellentness.